When friends ask how work is going, my standard reply is “busy.” Anyone who knows me well understands I’m not happy unless I’m stretching myself. That’s why I’m excited to tackle the challenge of founding Northwest Navy News, a news and community site for Navy families, veterans and retirees in the Pacific Northwest.

Some of the most rewarding stories I wrote as a reporter touched the daily lives of military families. Deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan matter, but so do childcare, schools, housing and other fundamental issues people encounter everywhere. Journalists, in general, don’t pay enough attention to the perspectives of spouses, children, parents and others with loved ones serving in the military when it comes to these issues.

I’m not naive enough to think I know everything about what matters to military families. I hope to empower people in the community to connect with each other and fill in the gaps. Call it a collaborative effort.

I also have a lot to learn about starting up a Web site. I’m a journalist, not a techie. The learning curve is steep, so I’ll need to tap my own social network of experienced online journalists for their expertise. The prospect is thrilling and just a little bit terrifying. But I did say I like a challenge, didn’t I?